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Vote ‘no’ on voter ID amendment

September 28, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

When the voter ID amendment was passed by our Legislature it sounded like a good idea. However, when all the facts are looked into, it would be a bad law.

If voted in, there is little or no procedure how to implement it and what the costs would be. I have served as an election judge in our township and our current laws would prohibit any type of fraud. Estimates presented by our township association have estimated the costs from $1,000 to $3,000 per township and $10,000 to $30,000 per county.

Also, some townships vote by mail, and how would absentee ballots and overseas voting be handled? Provisional ballots would be provided for those waiting for proper ID - how much would this delay vote counts?

Minnesota has a good record of voter turnout, and the previous recounts showed a very small fraction of votes were challenged, and they were a result of improper marking of ballots, not actual fraud.

Another factor would be the elderly, who have not maintained their drivers license, or students or legal minorities to whom it would be an expense and hardship to get the documents needed for the new voter ID.

Once an amendment is added to the Constitution it will not be changed.

The old saying is, if the wheel ain't broke don't fix it. Think about this when you vote in November.

Doug Parsons




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